Gilbert & George (1975)
About this artwork
Unlike many of his other celebrity portraits, these paintings of Gilbert and George, the British artist-duo, are sober and restrained in their treatment. The colours are toned-down and pastel-like and applied uniformly over each canvas. The screenprinted images in black ink are un-smudged and clearly defined. They are based on polaroids taken by Warhol, for which Gilbert and George posed in a highly self-conscious manner. In order to stress the formality of the portrait poses of the two artists (who specialise in staged photographs of themselves), Warhol has included the paper edges of the polaroids as narrow strips on either side of the figures.
- title: Gilbert & George
- accession number: AR00040
- artist: Andy WarholAmerican (1928 - 1987)
- gallery: In Storage
- object type: Painting
- date created: 1975
- measurements: 102.20 x 101.90 x 2.10 cm (framed: 109.10 x 109.10 x 7.30 cm)
- credit line: ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008
- copyright: © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London 2016.
Andy Warhol was born 'Andrew Warhola' to Slovakian immigrant parents living in Pittsburgh in America. Warhol's subject matter was taken from popular culture, in the form of advertising, comics, magazines and packaging. He was able to produce his works quickly by transferring images onto canvas or paper through photography and screenprinting, sometimes with the help of assistants. Warhol stated that he wanted to make works that showed no trace of having been produced by hand. His interest in mass production reflected the fast-developing consumer culture he recognised in America. His New York studio, 'The Factory,' became a popular meeting place for artists, drop-outs, celebrities and bands.